Surfing the wave of gritty, distorted and industrial techno – California native Selective Response introduces his positive outlook on life.
Who are you?
I am but a speck of dust in an ever-expanding infinite universe, but my parents call me Kane. I also go by Selective Response.
Where are you from?
I am from a little area in Southern California called Orange County, which is about 35 minutes from LA with no traffic. There was a tv show named after where I’m from, but it wasn’t filmed in OC.
What do you sound like?
In the mornings my voice is deep and a bit raspy…unless you’re asking about my music?
In that case, it depends on my mood. Generally speaking, extremely aggressive and hard-hitting industrial and techno ranging from 132 to 146bpm.
Why should we listen to you?
There is an animal that lies dormant within each of us. Some ignore it, some exploit it. I’m the latter. I aim to bring out your primal side through the manipulation of sound.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
So far I have released five tracks this year, two of which are on my new label Crisis Of Man. I have a couple more planned for later in the year, and then for 2020 all hell is breaking loose.
Which of your tracks sums you up? Why?
That is a tough one, but I would say either Scorched Earth Policy or Malicious Intent because they are the least calculated of my releases so far.
What I mean is that, with those, they were less “produced” and more created on the fly, and are driven by feeling. That’s the most ideal way for me to make music I think.
How did you get into DJing/producing, to begin with?
About 10 years ago I graduated high school with no idea as to what I was going to do with my life. I went to a big rave that summer and everything clicked. From that day, I knew that being a DJ and producer was my way forward.
What are three things on your studio shopping list?
A proper studio would be great, but other than that, The DSI OB6, another CDJ, and some of those new synths Behringer is working on. Having loads of gear is cool, but I try to use everything that I have in each project, so too much stuff isn’t ideal for me.
What or who is your biggest influence and why?
Human potential. A simple shift in perspective or line of thinking can change your entire life. That’s some crazy shit.
Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?
There are many things, but I would say the #1 thing, and one that most people seem to avoid talking about, is financial freedom. When you’re in a position like mine, there is a fine balance you must create between spending as much time as you can in the studio creating, while also working enough to pay your bills. It gets a little sketchy sometimes, but this is the nature of the beast.
What’s been your favourite place to play so far?
So far, I’d say LA. There is something really exciting playing for your home crowd. Not only that but with how quickly and organically the scene is growing, it’s an awesome time to be here.
Where can we hear your music?
On all major streaming platforms.
What one song would feature on the soundtrack to your life?
Wow. That’s something I’ve never really thought of. I always said that I want Imperial March to play as my coffin is lowered into the ground, but for this question, I’m going to say Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Either that, Live Wire by Motley Crew, or the Force Theme.
What motivates you?
Many things but most importantly, to be a beacon of truth and light for all those I come into contact with. My mission in life is to leave such a positive and powerful impact on people, whether through creative means or just personal interaction, that they, in turn, are motivated to do the same. That might seem like the opposite tone of my music, but the vessel in which we use to spread our message is not as important as the actual message we are spreading.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Surfing is the second most important thing in my life. Part of me wishes I was a pro competing on the world tour.
Complete this sentence: At heart, I’m just a …
Kid who wants to make the people I care about proud.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve received?
If you’re not being defined by a vision of the future, you’re left with the memories of the past. Not only that, but scientists say that 50% of our memories aren’t even true, so we tell ourselves stories that reinforce negative thoughts about ourselves. Knowing that, be mindful of the stories you tell yourself and others, as you may be preventing yourself from being the person you deserve to become.
Where will you be in five years time?
Ideally traveling the planet playing my music for others, with a platform to showcase deserving talent, while inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves they can be.